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Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs

techcrunch.com — Snapchat took its first shot at monetizing its Our Stories collaborative Livestream feature tonight with a Samsung-branded look at The American Music Awards. We were tipped off to the AMA Our Story, and Snapchat confirms to me that it was paid by Samsung to show it.
Nov 24, 2014

Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs tcrn.ch/1vDUOEI

Nov 24, 2014

Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored "Our Story" For Samsung And The AMAs tcrn.ch/1vDUOEI

Nov 24, 2014

RT @JoshConstine: Snapchat's Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs tcrn.ch/1vDUOEI too bad Samsung's clips are so boring

Convergence Accel Launches $25M Fund Focused On Indonesian Startups

techcrunch.com — Indonesia is one of the world's fastest growing markets for mobile devices. Over one in five Indonesians already use a smartphone and that number is expected to increase rapidly over the next few years. Despite a very promising market opportunity, however, Indonesian startups still have to deal with many drawbacks, including lack of venture capital funding and mentorship.
Nov 24, 2014

Another new fund for Indonesian startups: this time its $25M from Convergence Accel tcrn.ch/11NJTu1

Nov 24, 2014

Convergence Accel Launches $25M Fund Focused On Indonesian Startups tcrn.ch/11NJTu1

Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble

techcrunch.com — Whitney Wolfe, an early employee at Tinder who sued the company for sexual harassment and workplace discrimination, has joined up with two other early Tinder employees, Chris Gulczynski and his parter Sarah Mick (cofounders of YayNext), to launch a direct competitor to Tinder called Bumble, sources tell TechCrunch.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Whitney Wolfe, other former Tinder employees to launch direct competitor called Bumble tcrn.ch/1yJ1SwK

Nov 23, 2014

RT @alexia: Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble tcrn.ch/1uYULzJ by @jordanrcrook

Nov 23, 2014

RT @alexia: Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble tcrn.ch/1uYULzJ by @jordanrcrook

Nov 23, 2014

Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble tcrn.ch/1uYULzJ by @jordanrcrook

Nov 23, 2014

Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble wp.me/p1FaB8-4yIc

SF Has An S&M Problem

techcrunch.com — It's a Friday night, and I am on the prowl. I'm with my friend Edgar, and we are looking for evidence of the increasing S&M problem among the denizens of America's startup capital. We all know the story the past few months: it's really bad right now, but don't worry, everything will get better in time.

Open-Source Chat Platform Scrollback Raises $400,000 Seed Round

techcrunch.com — Scrollback, a free open-source chat platform for online communities, has raised $500,000 Singaporean dollars (about $400,000) led by Jungle Ventures, with participation from Singapore's National Research Foundation, Crystal Horse Investments, Singapore Angel Network, Roland Turner, and other angel investors. The service is essentially a chat widget that can be embedded into online websites and accessed through mobile apps.
Nov 24, 2014

Open-Source Chat Platform Scrollback Raises $400,000 Seed Round tcrn.ch/1teq9XX

Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights”

techcrunch.com — The impact of mass, digitally-enabled state surveillance upon individuals' privacy has been described as "the new frontier of human rights" by Member of the European Parliament, Claude Moraes, who was giving an annual lecture on behalf of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy at the London School of Economics on Friday.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @vincentpeyregne: Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights” tcrn.ch/1y2V91l @newspaperworld

Requiem for a Unicorn

techcrunch.com — Editor's Note: Micah Rosenbloom is a Venture Partner at Founder Collective, a seed-stage venture capital fund. Marc Andreessen has said that there are 15 companies per year that generate 90% of the returns for VCs. Startups jockey for position in the " Billion Dollar Club."

Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids

techcrunch.com — Smartwatches for children hold a lot of allure and at least one analysis firm believes they will help drive the smartwatch market to 373 million devices shipped in 2020, up from 15 million this year. Kids get a shiny new gadget, while anxious parents get location trackers and activity monitors to keep tabs on their offspring.
Nov 23, 2014

Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids tcrn.ch/1yJXTjJ

eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018

techcrunch.com — PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers' most lucrative products. What does this mean? Essentially that a ebook popularity and pricing stabilizes, users will spend more on bits than they will on pulp. The resulting switch could be the final nail in the print coffin.

Fitmob Gets More Funding As It Partners With Gyms And Looks To New Markets

techcrunch.com — Fitness marketplace Fitmob is growing fast and looking to grow even faster, and to do so it's raised new strategic funding from Recruit Strategic Partners. The funding will be used as Fitmob adds more options to its fitness marketplace through partnerships with gyms, and as it seeks to expand into new markets.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Fitmob Gets More Funding As It Partners With Gyms And Looks To New Markets tcrn.ch/1597AiJ by @ryanlawler

Is It The Beginning Of The End For Cable Or Just A New Beginning?

techcrunch.com — Editor's note: Braxton Jarrett is the CEO of Clearleap. In mid-October, HBO dropped a bombshell - albeit a long-rumored one - with the news that it would launch a standalone streaming service some time in 2015. The media and Game of Thrones fans everywhere immediately went into overdrive, analyzing every last one of the scarce details to death (What content will be included?
Nov 22, 2014

A lot of people think cord-cutters hurt cable TV. It can actually help it. - tcrn.ch/1vAJNnB

Colombia Is One Of Latin America’s Most Promising New Tech Hubs

techcrunch.com — Ten years ago, the idea that Colombia would become a burgeoning hub for any dynamic industry beyond its notorious drug trade would have struck most observers as far-fetched. As recently as the turn of the century, conventional wisdom had it that the tropical, Andean nation was on the verge of becoming a failed state.

How To Raise Venture Capital In A Frothy Market

techcrunch.com — Editor's note: Brian Brown advises startups. He has raised hundreds of millions in venture capital and been a co-founder in a number of startups, including Joyent. Prior to startups, he was deputy editor with the Wall Street Journal Europe. Raising venture funding may have just gotten a little tougher.

Google’s Nexus 6 Might Be Too Big For Right Now, But Right-Sized For The Future

techcrunch.com — As Greg Kumparak noted in the TechCrunch review of the Nexus 6, the phone is very large. Too large, in fact, for most humans. Back when it was just a rumor that Google would be picking Motorola to provide the Nexus 6 hardware, and that it would indeed be a monster with a 6-inch display, I lamented the phabletization of the Nexus line before it was even a real thing.
Nov 23, 2014

Reviewers say the Google Nexus 6 is too large... which makes me really want to test it. techcrunch.com/2014/11/22/nex… #phabletsFTW

Patrons Aims To Hook Your Office Up With Live Performances

techcrunch.com — Patrons is an app makes it easy to hook your place of business up with a band that has a little bit of free time before a performance. The idea is that the artist can pick up an extra gig while in town for another performance.
Nov 22, 2014

Patrons Aims To Hook Your Office Up With Live Performances tcrn.ch/1v8JBd0

PCH International In Talks To Buy Fab For $15 Million

techcrunch.com — Multiple sources have confirmed that Fab is in talks to sell to PCH International for $15 million in a half cash and half stock deal. Contractual agreements are in the very early stages between the two companies (and these things could always fall apart).
Nov 22, 2014

"A source close to the company tells us no one really works at Fab anymore" techcrunch.com/2014/11/20/pch…

Nov 21, 2014

No one really works at Fab anymore. But it can still be sold for some change. techcrunch.com/2014/11/20/pch…

Nov 21, 2014

Fleeting unicorn: @Fab, valued @ $1B a year ago, in talks to be sold for $15M. (via @techcrunch) techcrunch.com/2014/11/20/pch…

Nov 21, 2014

sic transit gloria... PCH International In Talks To Buy Fab For $15 Million tcrn.ch/14U4tew

Nov 21, 2014

What's the deal with Hem? Nothing ships sooner than 1-2 weeks. The wait for furniture is 8 to 12 weeks! techcrunch.com/2014/11/20/pch…

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Every Company Needs A Chief Digital Officer

techcrunch.com — Editor's note: Neha Sampat is CEO of raw engineering and an expert on the enterprise market, with 15 years in product marketing for enterprise software, cloud computing and online experiences for companies like Sun Microsystems and VMware.
Nov 22, 2014

And every thug needs a lady RT @MediaREDEF: Every Company Needs A Chief Digital Officer redef.it/h5fe

Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

techcrunch.com — Aereo, the streaming TV service that let users watch near-live TV on any internet-connected device, has today announced that the company is filing for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company has appointed Lawton Bloom, from Argus, to serve as Chief Restructuring Officer during the gradual shut down process.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @TechWarshaw: Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, says it can't overcome challenges tcrn.ch/1xYP8nb via @techcrunch

Nov 21, 2014

RT @TechWarshaw: Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, says it can't overcome challenges tcrn.ch/1xYP8nb via @techcrunch

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Ears-On With Spotify In Uber: Fast, Fun, And Data-Free DJing

techcrunch.com — Uber now lets you play backseat DJ for your car's sound system via Spotify in 10 cities, and on my demo ride-along, I was impressed by how easy and seamless it works. Music selections made on your phone quickly start playing through the driver's app connected to the stereo, and there's no data cost to the passenger or driver beyond the premium Spotify subscription.
Nov 21, 2014

techcrunch writer reviews spotify in ubers, films entire thing in portrait techcrunch.com/2014/11/21/ube…

Nov 21, 2014

Here's my hands-on video of Spotify's backseat DJ Uber integration techcrunch.com/2014/11/21/ube… ...which I stupidly shot in portrait *facepalm*

Nov 21, 2014

RT @JoshConstine: I took the first Spotify-equipped Uber ride in SF. Here's my ears-on review: It rocks. They didn't screw anything up. tcrn.ch/1p6tlsm

Nov 21, 2014

"Obviously, the [Uber] partnership comes at a tough time for Spotify" techcrunch.com/2014/11/21/ube…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @JoshConstine: I took the first Spotify-equipped Uber ride in SF. Here's my ears-on review: It rocks. They didn't screw anything up. tcrn.ch/1p6tlsm

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